What I love about Tenkara the most is how simple a system for fishing it is. For a novice like myself it could not have been easier to pick up and learn how to cast. This is coming from someone who had never fished in his life before he picked up a Tenkara rod. It only took one day and I was hooked on Tenkara fishing. I went to the South Platte by Deckers with my brother and a friend on a chilly March morning for my first day of fishing. The fishing was terrible but I managed to land a little brown trout for the only fish of the day for any of us and was grinning from ear to ear. I was so jazzed when I caught the fish I knew then I would love fly fishing, and two years later I have only grown more in love with fishing and Tenkara specifically.
My increasing attraction to Tenkara comes with each new trip I take that now involves fishing. I have done a lot of hiking in the backcountry in my day but when I hike around now I notice different things then before, things I would not have seen were I not fishing. Earlier this summer I went to Rocky Mountain National Park to do some fishing and stopped at a spot of the trail to try my luck. After catching a fish I sat down and took a little break on a rock when I see a moose and her calf walking across the river not 15 yards from me. The sitting in a single spot or area for a descent amount of time has allowed me to see more wildlife than ever before and makes fishing that much more spectacular. What makes all my backcountry fishing so pleasant is the ease of Tenkara fishing. It is light and compact and perfect for mountain streams and smaller fish while still giving you options with stiff Tenkara rods for bigger fish should you choose those rivers.
I don't know whether It's Tenkara I love or fishing I love, but I love Tenkara Fishing! P.S. It gives me an excuse to take pictures too.
Labels: Deckers, Guest Post, Kevin Fricke, South Platte River, Tenkara Attraction